North graduate Hose gets first college win

March 20, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

North Hagerstown graduate T.J. Hose has seen his baseball season get off to a good start at East Carolina University.

Hose, a righthander, is working out of the bullpen and recently garnered his first college victory for ECU (12-4).

On March 4, Hose worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts and his teammates got him the win with a late run to down Michigan, 2-1.

In seven appearances, Hose has worked 11 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and a 1.54 earned run average.

· Meanwhile, Matt Yurish of Hedgesville, made his first start for the West Virginia Mountaineers on March 12 against Cornell University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Yurish was tagged with the loss, going three innings as WVU fell, 6-1. Yurish had pitched in two previous relief stints with a 1.93 ERA in 4 2/3 innings. He's had control problems, walking nine in 7 2/3 innings through the start against Cornell.


· Also at WVU, former Jefferson star Jimmy Rhodes is trying to make a comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 8-6 season last year at Oklahoma State University before transferring to WVU.

The righthander has made one start and went two innings, allowing one earned run with two walks and two strikeouts. He was the West Virginia prep player of the year in 2000 with a 12-0 record for the Cougars.

· Four area athletes are seeing action at Mount St. Mary's.

Justus Yocum, from Catoctin, is batting .222 (4-for-18) with two RBI and four walks; Danny Fowler, from South Hagerstown, is batting .250 (4-for-16) with one RBI and three walks; Joe Hayes, from Thomas Johnson, is batting .318 (7-for-22) with six RBI and four walks. On the mound, Craig Henson, from Boonsboro, has worked in two relief appearances, throwing 1 2/3 innings with a 10.80 ERA.

· Jordan Wilson, a St. John's at Prospect Hall graduate, is batting .419 (18-43) with three doubles, one home run and 13 RBI through 12 games for Maryland (10-7). Gerry Spessard, a Smithsburg grad, has not played this season.

· Drew Crawford, a Smithsburg graduate, has appeared in eight games at Shenandoah (Va.) University and the freshman infielder is batting .188 (3-16) with one RBI. He's reached base three times being hit by a pitch. Also at Shenandoah, Keith Fritz, of Frederick, is 1-2 in four starts with a 5.61 ERA covering 25 2/3 innings. Preston Tarleton, of Brunswick, is batting .389 (7-for-18) with four RBI in nine games.

· Matt Hess, a North Hagerstown graduate, is a senior infielder-outfielder at Susquehanna University and is batting .263 (5-for-19) through seven games, while Adam Dick, a Smithsburg graduate, is batting .143 (1-for-7) through seven games with one RBI.

· Chris Baugher, a Brunswick graduate, has played in seven games at Frostburg State and is batting .263 with a homer among his five hits. Eric Fitzgerald, of Williamsport, has been in two games with one at-bat, and Jimmy Hardy, of Middletown, has relieved in one game covering 1 2/3 innings.

· Tony Magnanelli, a Frederick grad, is 0-1 in two starts at Shepherd with 11 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched ... Dirk Webb, a Hedgesville grad, is batting .300 (3-10) with a double and three walks ... Matt Noll, a Jefferson grad, is batting .333 (4-12) with a double, two RBI and three walks ... Philip Powell, a South Hagerstown grad, is batting .250 (2-8) with one home run.


· Stephanie VanBrakle, a Chambersburg graduate, continues to be a vital cog for the University of Alabama women's softball team.

VanBrakle is 11-3 with a 1.28 ERA, which includes five shutouts and 11 complete games. She has 123 strikeouts in 87 innings. At the plate, she has also delivered three homers, 15 RBI and is batting .264.

· Autumn Parson, a Smithsburg graduate and transfer from Hagerstown Community College, is batting .182 through five games with one RBI at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Heather Patnode, a Brunswick grad, is batting .067 in eight games.


· Jessica Bartgis, a Frederick graduate, was named athlete of the week at West Virginia University for the week ending Feb. 26.

Bartgis, who was performing at North Carolina State this weekend, had a season-high 9.85 in a first-place finish in the floor exercise against Rutgers and won the all-around with a 38.95. Most recently, she won the uneven bars with a 9.775 at Eastern Michigan and has won nine of her last 10 events.

Cross Country

· Devon Kehler, a New Life Christian graduate from Frederick, Md., was recognized by Immaculata (Pa.) University recently as one of three students on the all-PAC (Pennsylvania Athletic Conference) academic team in the recent semester. She is a music therapy major.

Women's Tennis

· Sammie Smiles, a Williamsport graduate, recently combined with teammate Erica Wood to win a doubles match for Salisbury University. They defeated a team from St. Mary's College, 8-6.

Indoor Track

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